Southern California Sign Blog

Guess What The Most Cost Effective Signs Are Out There? Banners!

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

Guess What The Most Cost Effective Signs Are Out There?  Banners!

Banners are the most popular, versatile, and cost effective type of signs among businesses today.

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You've come to the right place for your custom vinyl or digital print banners. At The Sign Studio we encourage you to let our experts design your banner for the most effective utilization possible. Custom vinyl banners are among the most popular and cost effective forms of advertising for businesses today. From all weather vinyl banners to our indoor event banners, see what The Sign Studio can do for you!


Attract new business with your all weather banner!


Vinyl and digital print Banners are great for both indoor and outdoor use and can help generate traffic and sell products. Banners are great for promotional sales events, attracting new customers to buy items that they might not initially have purchased.


Customize your banner!


The limitless size and available colors of our outdoor banners allows you to customize a large commercial banner for your business or we can design anything on your mind. If you are not sure what you want, let our expert designers show you some layouts. With emerging technologies, banners are now available in several different materials including poly, vinyl, nylon and flex-face. The ease of installation and effectiveness of vinyl banners makes advertising easy.


Give us a call at (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at for further information or if you have any questions.


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Topics: Banners, Cost Effective Signs, sign advertising

Your Trade Show Display Booth and Signs Are Your Marketing Message

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

Your trade show display booth is the canvas for your marketing message. Get noticed with a custom trade show display from The Sign Studio.

A Few Seconds. That's all the time you have to attract potential customers to your trade show booth. Get noticed with portable tabletop displays, pop-up displays, retractable banners, motion displays and even ceiling and floor graphics. The Sign Studio's state-of-the-art digital printing capabilities can help you create a custom display that will grab attention and draw potential customers into your booth.
Portable Trade Show Displays, Pop Up Display

The Sign Studio offers what is considered to be the strongest portable display system in the industry as well as the easiest to setup and break down. Multiple configurations and unique modular design allows you to modify the size and shape of your portable display booth as your needs grow. The versatility and customization make The Sign Studio pop-up displays the perfect solution for your exhibit presentations all in lightweight and compact design.

Retractable Banner Stands
Retractable Banner Stands are the most popular banner stand in today's market and can be seen throughout most all Trade Shows. Retractable Banner Stands store the banner safely inside the base where it's protected during travel or in storage. Once on location, simply unroll the banner from the body of the unit to present an instant display that can be continually re-used.

Tabletop Display Booth
Looking for a simple way to showcase your services or products? Not interested in transporting everything but the kitchen sink to each show. Then the solution is simple; a compact and lightweight, inexpensive tabletop trade show booth from The Sign Studio! The ease of set up and break down makes our tabletop displays a cinch to handle.

If you have any further questions or need more information, please call us at (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at


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Topics: Trade Show Displays, Trade Show Exhibitors Handbook, Banners and banner Stands

Indoor Architectural Installation Methods for Wall Mount Signs

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

Indoor Architectural Installation Methods for Wall Mount Signs

There are many ways to install an architectural signs. Here are some of the most successfully used methods along with some illustrations for you to decide what will work best for the look you are trying to obtain.


Edgeclips are clipped onto the edges of the signs and then fastened to the
mounting surface.
Pros: Good looking, easy to change graphic.
Cons: Not very strong.

Adhesives provide an alternate mounting method. Options include liquid adhesives like contact cement or construction glue and roll adhesives like double-sided tape and mounting films.
Pros: Can be very strong, some epoxies and tapes are stronger than welding. Invisible.
Cons: May never come off.

In some circumstances studs can be attached to the backs of graphic panels. These studs
can be glued into inserts placed in the receiving surface.
Pros: Strong and invisible.
Cons: More expensive, difficult to remove.

Framing systems allow for strong, invisible mechanical fasteners to be used.
Pros: Strong, tamper-proof and invisible fasteners.
Cons: More expensive and highly visible frame.

Graphics can be mounted onto surfaces using mechanical fasteners.
Pros: Strongest attachment method, easily removable.
Cons: Visible hardware.

Frameclips are similar to Edgeclips except that the attachment is through the face of the graphic.
Pros: Good looking, strong.
Cons: Expensive.

French cleats are commonplace for mounting to flat, vertical surfaces. Cleats must be
straight and smooth and perfectly aligned.
Pros: Strong and invisible.
Cons: More expensive, graphics cannot be flush to the wall.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at The Sign Studio - (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at

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Make sure your Dimensional Sign Letters have a Lifetime Warranty!

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

Make sure your Dimensional Sign Letters have a Lifetime Warranty!

Lifetime Warranty On The Sign Studio's Dimensional Letters? Absolutely!

There are some instances when the signage you buy comes with a lifetime guarantee and Gemini lettering is just what comes to mind. Gemini has become a familiar supplier to many sign fabrication concerns for this very reason! The warranty covering lettering, custom logos and shapes extends to fading, breaking, as well as defects in the manufacturing process. This represents a true cost saving that protects your investment in this portion of your sign. Whether you order individual letters for mounting directly to your building or storefront, or integrate the lettering for mounting on an exterior post and panel sign or monument, the fact remains that you are making a very smart investment choice. The material finishes are rigorously tested to withstand extreme environmental conditions and this process is continually refined. Like most signs, periodic maintenance, like dusting and washing them with mild dish soap, will keep your lettering looking great for years!

The Sign Studio is proud to supply Gemini lettering, like the metal laminates pictured above, to our customers. Other options range from molded plastic, cast and cut metals, or metal faced lettering mounted to a variety of substrates. Feel free to consult with us about your choices in lettering style, size and mounting options, as well as Gemini aluminum and bronze plaques.

If you have any further questions or need more information, please call us at (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at


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Topics: Acrylic letters, Metal Plaques, Dimensional Sign Letters with a Lifetime Warranty

All You Need To Know About LED Signs - Light Emitting Diode

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

What is an LED?

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An LED (Light Emitting Diode) is an electronic semi-conductor that when turned on, converts electric energy into light.


One way LEDs differ from incandescent light bulbs is LEDs have no filament to burn out meaning LEDs can last for 100,000 hours or more. They are also far more efficient, producing substantially more light per watt than incandescent bulbs. Other advantages of LEDs are:

Color: LEDs use no color filters like traditional lighting, thereby keeping costs down


-Shock resistant: LEDs are a solid state component making them difficult to damage


- On/Off time: LEDs produce light very quickly. Typically LEDs achieve full brightness in a less
than a microsecond giving them an incredible response time


-Cool light: An LED will radiate almost no heat that can damage adjacent materials. Excess energy is dissipated as heat through the base of the LED

-Size: LEDs are small in size, allowing them to be easily populated into face panels (in our industry)


- Cycling: LEDs are perfect for frequent on-off cycling, which cause traditional lighting to fail


- Low toxicity: An LED contains no mercury, thereby making them safe for the environment


In The Sign industry, one or more LEDs will make up a pixel. Typically, LEDs are red or amber for monochrome units and a combination red, green and blue for color displays.


It is also important to keep in mind differences in quality when it comes to LEDs. There are literally hundreds of LED manufacturers making a wide range of diodes, some are first-rate, others are poorly manufactured which usually result in diodes lasting only 25,000 to 50,000 hours.


In order to build a top of the line product, you need to start with top of the line components.


Make sure your display manufacturer is providing only superior LEDs. If you have any further questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to call us at (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at




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Topics: LED Manufacturers, LED Sign Displays, LED Sign Advertising

Looking For A Sign? See The Sign Studio's Checklist for Sign Buyers

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

Sign Buyer's Checklist

Here's a quick questionnaire to help identify your signage needs and guide your SIGN STUDIO consultant in making good recommendations for your project.

Use of your sign:
Are you directing, informing, or selling?

Image you want to project:
Professional? Sophisticated? Youthful? Fun? How should it coordinate with your other graphics and advertising?

Your target customers:
Whose attention do you want to attract?

Viewing distance and time:
How far will readers be from the sign? How long will they have to read it?

Mounting your sign:
Where will the sign be displayed? How will it be attached? Will you need the approval of a landlord or local sign code authority?

Display time and conditions:
Temporary or permanent? Indoors or outdoors?Sign copy and layout: What message do you want to communicate in your copy? Do you have special logo or layout requirements?


For further information or questions, please give us a call at (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at


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Topics: Signs of all Kinds, Design your Sign and Banner, Custom Signs

Dimensional and 3D Sign Letters and Logos Are Sophisticated.......

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 @ 06:03 AM


Dimensional Letters and Logos provide a sophisticated, professional, and distinctive image. Whether you're creating a simple sign on top of your headquarters or an intricate lobby display, your message deserves to stand out. A great way to enhance the appeal of your business instantly. Made with acrylic, wood, aluminum, PVC or a variety of sign foam to ensure of durability.
For further information or questions, please send us an e-mail at or give us a call (818) 843-9200.
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Topics: 3D Letters, Raised Sign Letters and Logos, dimensional letters

Real Estate and Open House Signs - City of Burbank Guidelines

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

Real Estate and Open House Signs - City of Burbank Guidelines


Real estate signs are an integral component of the Realtors business arsenal. They allow the agent to effectively market a property, and they serve as an important directional aide when conducting an open house. With the advent of technology, real estate signs now function in conjunction with many other marketing tools available to the Realtor. However, they retain their status as one of the most important methods of marketing a home.

Unfortunately, real estate signs can become the source of controversy in a community. If residents perceive a preponderance of real estate signs, they will put pressure on local government officials to restrict the display of the signs. Fortunately, state laws exist to protect the rights of real estate practitioners and home owners to market properties via real estate signs. The laws balance these rights with the community’s need to control visual clutter and safety.


You must follow the directions contained herein and use common sense.
Signs will be picked up and destroyed if not in compliance:

  1. Size - Total Face area no more than 24 (inches) x 24 (inches).
  2. Height - Vertical distance from ground to highest point not to exceed 3 ft.
  3. Can only advertise a residence in the City of Burbank.
  4. No more than 4 signs per property on public rights-of-way
  5. Must be on stake or A-Frame support.
  6. Signs must be in good condition and of professional signage material.
  7. No balloons or flags can be affixed to the sign, nor any other object that would call attention to it.
  8. Time - Signs shall only be displayed during the “open house”. Saturdays and Sundays (or federal or state holidays) not earlier than 8am and must be removed no later than dusk or 6pm, whichever is earlier. Thursdays, signs may be displayed no earlier than 8am and removed no later than 2pm.
  9. Must have a valid PERMIT as evidenced by valid DECALS on each side of the sign. These permits must be renewed annually.
  10. Identification required. Must have your name, address and telephone number affixed to the sign in an area not to exceed 2”x3” (Business card taped to the sign would be ideal).

It is recommended that you read the entire ordinance for other provisions not set forth on this sheet. Avoid placing signs on the new Chandler Bike path -- it is considered a median. For a full copy of the sign ordinance please contact the Burbank Association of REALTORS at 818/845-7643.

Download your Public Works Department Application/Permit - Temporary Residential Real Estate Open House Signs

If you have any further questions or need a professional sign made, please give us a call at THE SIGN STUDIO (818) 843-9200 or e-mail us at


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Topics: Open House Signs, Burbankd Real Estate Signs, Real Estate Sign Guidelines

Building Evacuations Maps, Plans and Exits on Your Signs

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

Building Evacuations Maps, Plans and Exits on Your Signs

Evacuation Maps & Plans
Building evacuation plans, fire evacuation maps and emergency exit signs are essential to meet fire and building code requirements. The Sign Studio provides custom building evacuation maps and specialty signs. Building evacuation maps are carefully designed to meet all client and fire code requirements. Our exit signs and exit path marking systems are manufactured custom to your liking. Our building evacuation plans, stairtreads and path marking systems provide clear direction to exits and offer vital egress information and indicate the location of fire and safety equipment available.

Fire Evacuation Plans and Evacuation Diagrams
Public and commercial buildings (with 10 or more employees) are required by law to have an emergency action plan. An emergency action plan (EAP) details the actions employees and building occupants must take in the event of a crisis. The fire plan is a component of the EAP which emphasizes in-house fire safety protocols and procedures. The fire evacuation plan must include a schematic of the facility that details egress routes to fire exits, safety equipment locations, post evacuation assembly areas and other pertinent information. As a public safety measure, the authority having jurisdiction (Fire Marshal) requires that evacuation plans be posted for the building occupant.

What Are the Codes and Standards?
Much has been written into fire codes and occupational safety regulations about the necessity of posting fire evacuation diagrams. They are required by law in most facilities. Yet visit any number of buildings with posted fire evacuation signs and you will find as many different sign designs as there are buildings. With the absence of a nationally recognized standard to guide facility managers and sign designers with evacuation map development, we have to ask ourselves whether all building evacuation signs are equally effective? Can diagram size, color, floor plan orientation, text or icon styles affect viewer response during an emergency.

Our expert designers at The Sign Studio will design and prepare your layouts and work closely with you to create effective and proper Evacuation Maps and Signs for your needs. For more information or if you have any questions, please call us (818) 843-9200 or e-mail us at


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How Important Traffic and Directional Signs Really Are............

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

How Important Traffic and Directional Signs Really Are............


Lead the way with Directional Traffic Signs! Prevent confusion by clearly marking Entrances and Exits to parking lots and facilities. Keep your traffic flowing effortlessly with a well marked lot.

A direction sign, more fully defined as a direction, position, or indication sign is any road sign used primarily to give information about the location of either the driver or possible destinations, and are considered a subset of the informative signs group. Direction signs are far more varied internationally than other classes of sign.

Direction signs are the oldest type of road sign. Traffic signs or road signs are signs erected at the side of roads to provide information to road users. With traffic volumes increasing over the last eight decades, many countries have adopted pictorial signs or otherwise simplified and standardized their signs to facilitate international travel where language differences would create barriers, and in general to help enhance traffic safety. Such pictorial signs use symbols (often silhouettes) in place of words and are usually based on international protocols. Such signs were first developed in Europe, and have been adopted by most countries to varying degrees.

The Sign Studio provides street and traffic signs to help keep your roads safe and traffic flowing at a good pace. Traffic signs are a good way to inform drivers of areas that are entrances or exits only, alert them to upcoming speed bumps or closed roads and many other traffic warnings. Made from durable and reflective material, The Sign Studio's traffic signs are the perfect solution to your traffic control needs.
Point people in the right direction with these long lasting and well made signs.

• One Way, Entrance and Delivery signs direct people and let them know where to go.
• Directional Traffic Signs keep your parking lot, mall or road organized.
• Post signs to prevent accidents.

List of most common Traffic Directional Signs

Buckle Up-Seat Belt Signs
Crossing Signs
STOP Signs
Exit Signs
Crosswalk Signs
Do Not Enter Signs
Evacuation Signs
Pedestrian Crossing Signs
Prohibitive Traffic Signs
Reserved Parking
Dead End
No Turn On Red
No Left Turn
No Right Turn
No Turn Around
Do Not Block Intersection
No Thru Traffic
Private Road No Thru Traffic
Not A Thru Street
One Way
Two Way Traffic Ahead
No An Exit
Exit Only Do Not Enter
Slower Traffic Keep Right
Arrow Signs
Wrong Way
Bump Sign
Dip Sign
Dead Zone
Employee Entrance Only
Fasten Seat Belt
No Dumping Under Penalty of Law

We also custom design and make any Traffic Directional Sign you may need, just give us a call at (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail with you request at


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Important Laws and Regulations for ADA Restroom Signs

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

Important Laws and Regulations for ADA Restroom Signs



New ADA Laws and Regulations


Many businesses don't realize there is a far-reaching and organized series of laws and procedures that govern bathroom signs and handicapped signage. The ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, was enacted to give due diligence to making sure that all public spaces, including restrooms and places where industrial signage is needed, are accessible and familiar to the handicapped person.


Recently, the laws regulating ADA restroom signs, and all ADA signs in general, have changed. New legislation has brought all the old ADA signage up to modern codes, and compliance is a must.


ADA signage refers to a lot of different laws and regulations, but some of the ADA restroom signs in particular that have been significantly affected by the new rules are braille signs. Braille signs are one of the most important aspects of restroom signage that ADA regulates, and with good reason. There are dozens of possible pitfalls when it comes to creating a braille sign, not least among them positioning, changes in braille itself, height, and prescribed size and lettering. For a handicapped person, it's absolutely essential that your bathroom signs speak to them in a way that they understand and are familiar with. These new laws make it that much easier to create informative, helpful, safe ADA restroom signs, and to create a braille sign that speaks to the widest possible audience as clearly as it can.


ADA signage is something that's easy to overlook in the rush to get through a job, or to design your interior space in a way that's pleasing to the eye and works with your business, school, hotel, or place of business. However, few things are more important about your ADA restroom sign than the way it speaks to the disabled. The right braille sign, the right ADA sign of any stripe, is designed to keep your business in good standing in two ways. One way is compliance. Without it, your space could be subject to penalties and even lawsuits, and that's never a good thing. The other way is simple customer/occupant care and service. Without the right kind of ADA signage, your handicapped patrons will have a harder time doing what they need to do in your space. Both of those simple, very compelling reasons for updating your signs are focused on here at The Sign Studio. .


Below you'll find a run down of many of the new ADA sign regulations that relate to industrial signage and braille signs. As a service to you and a guideline for how we make our signs in the future, we're placing these ADA regulations on our site - check back to reference them whenever you need. The Sign Studio is your one-stop shop for any kind of braille sign, ADA signage, or any type of state and federal law-compliant sign.


New Regulations Related to Braille Signs


According to the new regulations, when you're writing in braille there are several guidelines in reference to size, height, and font. For example:


"Letters and numerals shall be raised 1/32 in (0.8 mm) minimum, upper case, sans serif or simple serif type and shall be accompanied with Grade 2 Braille. Raised characters shall be at least 5/8 in (16 mm) high, but no higher than 2 in (50 mm). Pictograms shall be accompanied by the equivalent verbal description placed directly below the pictogram. The border dimension of the pictogram shall be 6 in (152 mm) minimum in height."


There are minimums for how far braille must be raised above the surface of your ADA sign, and at The Sign Studio we have the precision machines to get it just right, keep you compliant, and make your signs readable and accessible. We also are completely updated and able to write in perfect Grade 2 Braille, a capability not all sign companies share. We also are well trained and well versed when it comes to all ADA signage symbolics, and all related braille sign explanations and text.


Another set of regulations for braille signs:


Dot diameter: .059 in.
Inter-dot spacing: .090 in.
Horizontal separation between cells: .241 in.
Vertical separation between cells: .395 in.
Raised borders around signs containing raised characters may make them confusing to read unless the border is set far away from the characters. Accessible signage with descriptive materials about public buildings, monuments, and objects of cultural interest may not provide sufficiently detailed and meaningful information. Interpretive guides, audio tape devices, or other methods may be more effective in presenting such information.


As you can see, that kind of minute detailing requires incredible precision. That's why The Sign Studio has invested in the best, sharpest sign creation equipment. With laser precision, we can make ADA restroom signs to absolute perfect margins and regulations, and every ADA sign we make for your company can be crafted with amazing exactitude.


That's important not only to make your signs compliant, but also to make them readable. For braille users, it's important that braille signs be the same as the braille they read in texts, to cut down on confusion. Confusion that could range from mere frustration to the possibility of danger, neither of which serve you, your place of work, or your guests.


The signs in your space are important on a number of levels, but few of them are more important than respect and customer service. Making the best braille sign possible, in compliance with all ADA signage laws and regulations, is a great way of accomplishing both of those goals, and making them with precision and excellence is a point of pride for The Sign Studio. There are several other laws regulation ADA restroom signs. They include regulations related to height, spacing, and sign placement.


For instance, all ADA signs intended for use by handicapped persons have to be placed in locations free from any sort of unseen danger, such as the arc of a swinging door, or a protuberance along the wall. A braille sign has to be in a place where the user can feel safe standing still and reading it for any period of time.


"Letters and numbers on signs shall have a width-to-height ratio between 3:5 and 1:1 and a stroke-width-to-height ratio between 1:5 and 1:10."


This regulation ensures that the characters on a given sign will conform to other characters on other signs, making them familiar and readable. This goes for all kinds of ADA signage, and is one more way these ADA regulations make the world of interior space more palatable and easier to navigate for the handicapped.


There is also a regulation mandating that all bathroom signs be high contrast. In other words, if your writing is in a light color, like white, it must be contrasted with a darker background, like blue. You see this combination in a lot of different handicapped signage. The contrast must be 70% to be in full compliance, and the ADA provides a helpful equation to help businesses know how much contrast is enough:


Contrast = [(B1 - B2)/B1] x 100


where B1 = light reflectance value (LRV) of the lighter area and B2 = light reflectance value (LRV) of the darker area. Note that in any application both white and black are never absolute; thus, B1 never equals 100 and B2 is always greater than 0. The greatest readability is usually achieved through the use of light-colored characters or symbols on a dark background.


All of these rules and regulations are essential in crafting the most up-to-date, ADA compliant signs possible. For handicapped persons and those who depend on braille, the new regulations are essential to an improved, more familiar quality of life. The new braille signs that will now be produced are alone worth the effort of bringing your signs up to code. Using literary spacing and Grade 2 braille is an important step in leveling the playing field of industrial signage.


And when it comes to code-compliant, customer service oriented ADA signage, including of course ADA restroom signs, there's no better place to go than The Sign Studio.


If you have any questions or need further information, please give us a call at (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at



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Graphics and Vinyl Wall Lettering for your Business and Home

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

Graphics and Vinyl Wall Lettering for your Business and Home

THE SIGN STUDIO is an Expert on vinyl wall lettering and vinyl wall graphic products.
Our solutions are employed in retail businesses and in the private sector. Vinyl wall lettering can open a customer's eyes using largely untapped areas of a showroom. Why not wrap vinyl wall lettering throughout a demo area, waiting room, treatment center, conference room, you name it, THE SIGN STUDIO has done it! Our wall lettering and wall graphic solutions deliver!

We can help design and implement a theme throughout an interior space with our advanced software and signmaking equipment. Sell more, promote more, and inform more by using THE SIGN STUDIO'S vinyl wall lettering. We are capable of decorating large and small areas, using materials that can be removal-resistant or purposely removable. Have you seen the professional sports stars that stick to a wall and are removable and reusable? We make those for your young soccer star, little league ace or football prodigy!

Many displays at historic places and museums have been created by THE SIGN STUDIO to educate visitors and enthusiasts. If you can conceive it, we can make it happen with our vinyl wall graphics. We have so many colors and designs you can incorporate into your vinyl wall graphics, or let us use your established symbols, logos and designs. THE SIGN STUDIO is the best place to purchase vinyl wall graphics and lettering, we have the experience to give your walls a makeover.

These are examples of successful uses for THE SIGN STUDIO vinyl wall lettering and graphics:
• Hotels
• Convention Centers
• Real Estate "coming soon" Decor
• Museums
• Government Offices
• Medical Offices
• Internet Cafes
• Day Care Centers
• Automotive Sales Center
• Vocational Training Centers
• Shopping Malls
• Corporate Conference Rooms
• Sports Venues
• Themed Restaurants
• Schools
• Coffee Shops
• Model Home Centers
• Movie Theaters
• Hospitals

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If you're interested in learning more about THE SIGN STUDIO'S Vinyl Wall Lettering for your business or personal use or if you have any further questions, please call us at (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at


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Topics: Wall Graphics and Lettering, Vinyl Signage, Sign Graphics and vinyl lettering

How Important and Effective Safety Signs Are and How They Matter

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

How Important and Effective Safety Signs Are and How They Matter

Why Do Safety Signs Matter?

Safety signs, tags and warning labels are an essential feature to any plant or business, and comprise one of its most important assets. By not using proper effective safety and warning signs, you run a risk of danger that isn't worth the risk. 

Hints on Designing an Effective Warning Sign

To make your signs and labels as effective as possible, follow these hints.

1. Choose the Proper Header - The header helps get the sign noticed.

2. Choose the Right Material - Installation and ordering costs are often more than the sign itself. As a result, a durable sign always pays for itself with reduced labor.

3. Use Bilingual Warnings - Although the use of a symbol is strongly encouraged in order to better communicate hazard information across language barriers, more and more warnings themselves are now shown in two languages.

4. Learn about the New ANSI Standard - The new ANSI standard for safety signs emphasizes custom design. It suggests that you add an Action statement, consequences, a symbol, use mixed case and, in many situations, add emergency information.

If you have any further questions or if you need The Sign Studio to design and manufacture your signs, please give us a call at (818) 843-9200 or e-mail us at



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Instructions For Magnetic Sign Installation and Maintenance

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

Magnetic Signs

Instructions for Magnetic Sign Installation and Maintenance
uses the finest magnetic material to bring you the best in mobile magnetic advertising. Correct preparation, installation, maintenance, and storage procedures should be followed, see (Sections 1 - 4.) Following these instructions will help to ensure your satisfaction and to safeguard the long life of your signs and vehicle. Due to the many variables and complex nature of automotive finishes, special care must be taken to protect your vehicle: check the area behind the magnetic material weekly and move the sign as necessary to prevent any discoloration or clouding of the automotive clear coat.

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1. PREPARATION: Wash and dry vehicle. To protect your signs and vehicle, wax vehicle surface and the brown magnetic side of the sign prior to applying.

2. INSTALLATION: Magnetic signs can only be used on smooth steel surfaces. They CANNOT be used on simulated wood-grain panels, fiberglass panels, panels that have been repaired with a non-steel filler (such as -Bondo), or on any corrugated or other irregular surfaces. If necessary, magnetic signs can easily be cut with a razor or X-Acto knife to work around body molding or other obstructions on the vehicle. Apply one edge of the sign to the vehicle surface in the desired location then roll the sign onto the vehicle surface until the entire sign is installed flat onto the vehicle surface. If the magnetic sign is not placed in the desired position, carefully remove by reversing the installation steps and then repeat the process. (Do not try to rearrange the sign by pulling when it is stuck magnetically onto the vehicle. This might stretch the magnetic as well as scratch the vehicle paint!)
*** Note: A magnetic sign should never be applied to a newly painted vehicle. Allow at least 60 days for fresh paint to cure.

3. REMOVAL & MAINTENANCE: Remove the signs from your vehicle weekly. Always remove the sign by lifting from the center of the two opposite sides-never start at the corners, as this may stretch the sign material. In cold weather, preheat the sign with warm water before removal, if necessary. Once the signs are removed, wash and dry the vehicle and all sign surfaces. This keeps moisture from collecting between the signs and the vehicle surface, which can potentially damage a vehicle's finish. To clean the signs, use a sponge and a mild soapy water solution. Never immerse the signs in water, steam clean, or take them through a car wash. A generous coat of wax on the surface where the sign is placed and on the back of the sign itself will help prevent damage. After rain or snowfall, remove signs and wipe dry.

4. STORAGE: Magnetic signs should be stored either on a flat, even surface, or rolled up (lettering to the outside) around a cylinder with a diameter of at least 3". Never store magnetic signs in a hot vehicle, as they may permanently warp. Do not damage signs by folding, creasing , or placing any heavy objects on top of them. This type of treatment will prevent the signs from retaining their full magnetic power. If a sign does get bent out of shape, you can try to straighten it by placing it on a flat metal surface, such as a file cabinet or refrigerator. If you cannot straighten the sign, it will need to be replaced. WARNING: Automotive finishes and protectants vary by manufacturer; changes in color, shade, and surface appearance can occur with time, daily usage, and exposure to direct, intense sunlight. For care of your automotive finish, please refer to your vehicles Owner's Manual.

Please give us a call at (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at if you have any further questions.


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Burbank Development Review Public Notice Sign Requirements

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Fri, Mar 9, 2012 @ 06:03 AM


Unless specifically waived, all applicants for Development Review (DR) are required to post a sign on the project site providing public notice of the pending development application. This is in addition to the mailing of notices to nearby property owners and tenants.

Requirements for the design, construction and placement of the sign are as detailed below.

1. The sign is to be erected on the project site at least 10 days prior to the Director’s Decision dated. The sign is to be removed after the Development Review appeal period has ended. If the determination is appealed, the sign is to be removed after the appeal has been decided.

2. Sign specifications and design:

a. Size: 8 feet long by 4 feet tall

b. Height: Not to exceed 6 feed including support posts

c. Location: Not less than 1 foot inside front property line, clearly visible and facing street

d. The sign must be constructed of plywood or a similar sturdy material. Paper or cardboard is not acceptable. The sign must be supported by two posts with a minimum size of 4 inches by 4 inches, with proper footing if required.

e. The background of the sign must be white with a border 1 to 4 inches thick. The border must be black or another dark color that contrasts with the background.

f. Lettering must use a font that is readily legible and as large as possible given the amount of text necessary to fit on the sign. The lettering must be black or another dark color that contrasts with the background.

g. Sign format is subject to approval b the City Planner.

3. Sign Copy: as shown below and in graphic.

Please see our sample below and if you have any questions or need The Sign Studio to prepare your design/layout and post & panel sign for you, please give us a call at (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at


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Topics: Burbank Public Notice Sign, Sign Requirements for Development Review, Public Notice Signs

Lettering Size is an Important Part of Sign Making - Sign Letters

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Thu, Mar 8, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

Lettering Size is an Important Part of Sign Making - Sign Letters

Lettering size is an important part of sign making because you will need to be sure that your clients can read your message from a distance. Whether it’s storefront window graphics, a banner, or vehicle graphics, make sure that you can read the lettering and logo contained in your message. To maximize readability the standard is that each inch of letter height represents 10 feet of readable distance, meaning that for a sign to be readable from a 30 foot distance the letters should be at least 3 inches tall.
Interior signs that are being read by customers in a retail store environment need only be an inch or two tall, while an overhead exterior banner being read from a nearby street or highway would need much larger letters in order to be seen from a distance. Also, font selection will play an important role as some fonts are thin and script like, while bolder fonts and capitalization (with appropriate spacing) can improve readability. Trying to skimp or economize by using a smaller lettering size is definitely not a wise decision. See The Sign Studio’s Legibility/Readability chart below for an example assuming Helvetica upper case black lettering on a white background.
If you have any further questions or need any signage information, please give us a call at (818) 843-9200 or send us an e-mail at


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Topics: A Frame or Standing Signs, Sign Design Visibility, Sign Design Readability, Sign Design Legibility Distance

Sign Maintenance, Repair and Installation - What you need to know.

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

Sign Repair Service, Maintenance & Installation - offers fast electric sign repair service for Los Angeles and Southern California areas. Our sign technicians are friendly, fast and efficient. Whether you need neon sign repair, large pole sign maintenance, or even LED sign repair, we are trained to find problems big or small and repair them before they become major.

- Our top notch equipment is manned by licensed professionals who are trained and experienced at solving the toughest problems with every kind of sign, lighting, and power systems.

INSTALL - We have the equipment, manpower, and experience to capably install your new sign or replace your existing sign. Pole mount, building mount, ground or pedestal mount, powered or not, we cover all the bases with professionals that can get the job done right!

MAINTAIN - Our professional, licensed technicians are available to provide you with constant care and maintenance of your entire facility's lighting and sign systems. Our customer care department will help with accurate night time surveys to provide you with signage, property, and security lighting maintenance on any schedule. In this way, you are protected and provided with all the information you need to properly maintain your facility.

To schedule maintenance or sign repair please call us at (818) 843-9200, or send us an email.

The Sign Studio is fully licensed, bonded and insured.

Sign Service Areas.
Arcadia, Azusa, Alhambra, Anaheim, Alta Loma, Baldwin Park, Burbank, City of Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Balboa Island, Balboa Beach, Brea, Buena Park, City of Industry, Cerritos, Claremont, Covina, Commerce, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Corona, Chino, Chino Hills, Devore, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, Eagle Rock, El Monte, Fullerton, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Glendora, Glendale, Hacienda Heights, Hawaiian Gardens, Huntington Beach, Industry, Irvine, Irwindale, La Puente, La Verne, Los Angeles, La Habra, La Mirada, Lakewood, Long Beach, Lynwood, Montclair, Montebello, Monrovia, Monterey Park, Newport Beach, Ontario, Orange, Pasadena, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Rosemead, Rowland Heights, Rialto, San Dimas, San Gabriel Valley, Santa Ana, San Bernardino, Seal Beach, Sierra Madre, Sunset Beach, South El Monte, Temple City, Tustin, Upland, Van Nuys, West Covina, West Hollywood, Westminster, Yorba Linda.
** Please call if you do not see your city listed.


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Topics: LA County Sign Repair, Los Angeles County Sign Installation, Sign Service Areas

Vinyl Lettering - Also Known as RTA Lettering and Signage

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

Vinyl Lettering - Also Known as RTA Lettering and Signage


 Vinyl Letters aka RTA Lettering and Signage






If you are looking to save yourself some money and are confident in your application abilities, the following directions on how to apply your own vinyl lettering will help you to install your own signage.

1. Apply window cleaner, soapy water, or denatured alcohol to clean the surface where the lettering will be placed. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe the surface dry.

2. Use a water-soluble pencil to draw guidelines and centerlines to help align the lettering.

3. Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of water and 3 drops of liquid dish detergent.

4. Before applying, rest the lettering on a flat surface and carefully squeegee across the transfer tape that covers the bottom.

5. Find the center of the lettering and make a small mark at that point on the transfer tape.

6. With the lettering face down, peel the backing paper away from the lettering, which will remain adhered to the transfer tape.

7. Lightly spray the exposed sticky side of the lettering with the soapy water solution (if the
letters are being applied to glass and are smaller than 1" in height, do not use the spray, it could cause misalignment.) Small letters should be applied dry.

8. Place the lettering and transfer tape onto the surface, using any guidelines and centerlines you have made to help align the lettering.

9. Squeegee the lettering from the center outward toward the edges, overlapping your strokes to prevent air and water from being trapped under the lettering.

10. Leave the application tape attached to the lettering and let it dry for about one hour.

11. Remove the application tape. Put the tape back at a 180-degree angle (flat) to the surface. This will minimize the chance of the lettering being pulled up along with the tape.

If you have any questions of need help with your Installation, please give us a call at (818) 843-9200 or e-mail us at

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All You Need to Know About Channel Letters - Definitions and Images

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Mon, Mar 5, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

All You Need to Know About Channel Letters - Definitions and Images

Channel Letter Glossary - Need a quick channel letter term definition? Here are a few common ones:

Acrylic: Translucent plastic used as a channel letter face material. Acrylic is available in a wide of colors, and its thickness is typically 1/8" or 3/16".

Channel Back: Aluminum that is routed in the shape of a letter to form its backing.

Cut-off switch: Electrical switch placed on the outside of the building, usually above, below or on a channel letter signs raceway.

Drain holes: Small holes placed at the bottom of a channel letter. Drain holes permit rain and condensation to drain out of a letter's interior.

Electrode: The terminal at the end of a neon tube that connects to a GTO wire. Neon tube fabricators attach electrodes to glass tubes by melting the glass to form an airtight weld.

GTO cable: Insulated electrical wire designed for high-voltage current. GTO cables connect neon tubes.

Electrode boot: A rubber boot designed to be installed on the double back or electrode of a neon tube to protect against electrical shocks or arcing.

LED: An electronic light source for channel letters. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, and this type of lighting is illuminated by the movement of electrons in a semiconductor material. LED Channel letters are becoming more and more popular.

Neon: Another illumination option for channel letters, neon is a luminous glass tube filled with inert gas. High voltage electricity from a transformer excites the gas to produce light. Tubes may be bent to form various shapes and letters.

Permit: A legal document required by a municipal building department that allows the installation of a specific sign at a designated location. It is illegal to erect a new sign without first obtaining the appropriate permit.

Polycarbonate back: A protective plastic insert cut to the same shape as a reverse channel letter and attached to seal the letter's back. This prevents rainwater entry and also keeps animals from nesting inside the letter. Polycarbonate backs also provide mounting surfaces for neon tube supports.

Raceway: An enclosed aluminum channel (typically 8" by 8") that spans the entire length of the letters. Channel letters are pre-installed on the raceway in the shop, thus simplifying installation in the field.

Return: The side of a channel letter. Returns are commonly constructed of aluminum, and are typically 5" deep.

Tie wire: Thin copper wire that attaches a neon tube to a tube support.

Transformer: A channel letter's high-voltage power supply. Transformers are available in various current outputs, typically ranging from 7500V to 15,000V.

Trim cap: The flexible plastic edging that surrounds a channel letter's face. Trim caps are chemically welded to the face, and are available in a variety of colors.

Tube support: A glass standoff that typically is fastened to a channel letter back to hold neon tubing in place.

UL-approved: Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) is an independent product safety certification organization. UL approval means that all sign components meet UL standards for electrical safety.

If you have any questions or need further information, please give us a call at (818) 843-9200 or visit our website at – You can also reach us by e-mail at


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Do you need help with your Trade Show Graphics? See Checklist.......

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

Do you need help with your Trade Show Graphics?  See Checklist.......

Trade Show Graphics Checklist:

Your Sign Studio consultant knows all the tricks of the trade show.
We'll help you:
 - Create a striking design that communicates a clear message and business image.
 - Distill your product information into easy-to-read, bullet-pointed copy.
 - Choose the right color scheme that complements your logo and shows off your products.
 - Select a booth and graphic materials that are durable and lightweight for easy, affordable transport and storage.
 - Strategically position graphics to guide traffic flow in and out of your booth space.
 - Keep your trade show booth on budget while also achieving a highly effective, professional look.

The Sign Studio has everything you need to create a powerful trade show exhibition. For more information on what we carry, see our Exhibitors Handbook.

If you have any questions or need further information, please give us a call at (818) 843-9200 or visit our website at – You can also reach us by e-mail at


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Signs Inform, Direct and Sell. Signs are Valuable to Your Business!

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

Signs Inform, Direct and Sell.  Signs are Valuable to Your Business!

Signs and graphics serve three general purposes: to inform, direct and sell. The initial impression a person has about a business is often the result of their signs and graphics. By employing effective signs and graphics, businesses of all types and sizes can make the most of that first impression.

Signs are valuable to businesses of all sizes, and in all industries. Signs help consumers become aware of a business, service or event, can help prompt purchases, change purchase decisions and build brand equity.

Signage is an inexpensive, yet very effective form of advertising. During a slow economy, advertising is crucial and it helps create a long-term competitive advantage. Maintaining an advertising presence through signs helps build long-term brand awareness.

Effective signage can also be a determining factor in influencing customers to switch from a weaker brand. What can effective signs and graphics do for you?

If you have any questions or need further information, please give us a call at (818) 843-9200 or visit our website at – You can also reach us by e-mail at


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